Plans are underway to tear down Midway Motel

Posted by | April 11, 2019 1:26 pm

By Rachel Auberger

The Midway Motel, which has stood in the middle of Sparta since 1952, may be torn down this summer.

The old hotel, which was originally built by Thurman and Robert E. Allen, in 1952, and later bought at auction by Gus Parrish, Tom Ward, Ben Holland, and James Earl McKee, has seen better days. In its early years, it sat on Highway 1 and had many guests stay in its 20 guest rooms as they traveled between Memphis and Bristol or even between Nashville and Knoxville, but with the completion of the interstate years ago, guests became fewer and fewer over the years.

The Patels, … Read More


IT’S OFFICIAL: Kellie Jolly Harper will lead Lady Vols basketball

Posted by | April 11, 2019 8:22 am

University of Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer announced, on April 9, 2019,  that 1999 UT graduate and women’s basketball standout Kellie Jolly Harper has been chosen as the new head coach of the Lady Volunteers. She will be formally introduced at a press conference on campus Wednesday.

The university and Harper have agreed to a five-year contract with annual compensation of $750,000 per year.

“I’m excited to have Kellie as our new women’s basketball coach,” Fulmer said. “She is a Lady Vol through and through. Her love of the game, her care and love for her players, and her loyalty to UT all came through during the … Read More



Good Friday service

Posted by | April 11, 2019 8:16 am

Friday, April 19

Who: Bethel Free Will Baptist Church

What: Good Friday service

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Church, 1320 Browntown Rd.

Contact: (931) 738-8697


Singing at Church of God of Prophecy

Posted by | April 11, 2019 7:32 am

Saturday, April 13

Who: Sparta Church of God of Prophecy

What: Church singing featuring The Key Stones

When: 6 p.m. (refreshments and fellowship following service)

Where: Church, 213 Lum St.

Contact: (931) 808-0047


2019 Spring Walking Tour

Posted by | April 11, 2019 7:22 am

Saturday, April 13

Who: Bon Air Mountain Historical Society

What: Walk tour (length is 3 to 6 miles; difficulty is moderate); Admission $10 for non-members; $5 for high school and college students; children free when accompanied by an adult; free snacks provided

When: 1-4 p.m.

Where: Enjoy walking the route of the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway from Highway 70 to the location of the Bon Air mine power plant; spring flowers in bloom; waterfalls; and learn about the history of the Bon Air Mountain mining communities

Contact: (931) 739-2904



Until we meet again

Posted by | April 8, 2019 3:25 pm

Friends, family members, and firefighters help lift Barry Brady’s casket into the back of an antique fire truck that will carry his remains to his final resting place. The casket was handmade from cedar and was constructed at Barry’s request.

Firefighters from numerous counties in Tennessee, as well as representatives from all branches of law enforcement, bid farewell today to their comrade, Barry Brady, a 30-year firefighter with Sparta Fire Department. Brady passed away last week after a valiant battle with colon cancer.

Firefighters are positioned at the bridge on Bockman Way, over Highway 111, as the funeral procession for fellow firefighter Barry Brady passes through town.


White County Middle School Warriors fall to Algood on April 4

Posted by | April 8, 2019 12:16 pm

White County Middle School Warriors fell behind in the first inning after taking early lead 1-0 during their April 4 baseball game. They were not able to make a comeback in a 6-2 loss to Algood.

White County got things started in the first inning. An error scored one run as Owen Adams crossed the plate after being hit by a pitch and then made his way to third base on a single from Seth Greene.  Sparta took a very early lead 1-0.  That score did not last long due to strong hitting from the Algood team.  Algood scored five runs in the first inning to take the … Read More


White County Middle School Warriorettes shut out Avery Trace

Posted by | April 8, 2019 12:14 pm

Sydney Smiley had all the right stuff, on April 4, for the White County Middle School Warriorettes, allowing zero runs and shutting down Avery Trace by a score of 12-0.

White County got things started in the first inning. After Ryleigh Burchett and Abbey Moore single, Maddie Rust drives Burchett in after a fielder’s choice play, scoring one run.  Moore scores on a passed ball by the catcher to make the score 2-0.

The Warriorettes notched four runs in the fifth inning. The offensive firepower by the White County Middle School Warriorettes was led by Alyssa Fox, Kiley Moore, Hannah Crawford, and Ryleigh Burchett, all knocking in runs … Read More


WCHS tennis takes on Warren

Posted by | April 8, 2019 12:12 pm

Seth McCormack (Photo by JAMIE MCCORMACK)

On April 4, the White County High School tennis teams lined up across the nets to have a border battle on the courts.  The teams had a total of 14 matches.  Warren County won nine of the 14 over the Warriors.

In singles play on the men’s side, Warren County won all four matches.  Seth McCormack, Max Bouldin, Jake Colwell, and Aaron White all could not defeat their border opponent   McCormack’s score was 2 games to 8. Bouldin lost 3 games to 8. Colwell was defeated 3 games to 8, and White lost 2 games to 8.

In ladies singles play, White County got on the winning side … Read More


Cosmetology students at WCHS

Posted by | April 8, 2019 8:26 am

Members of the cosmetology program at White County High School, which is part of Career and Technical Education, attended several different competitions this school year. In the fall, the students attended the Upper Cumberland Cosmetology Competition and the Upper Cumberland Grand Regional Competition. Five students received scholarships.

  • Thristin Young, first place, formal hairstyle: $6,000
  • Cierra McCoy, second place, haircutting: $4,500
  • Parker Wolfer, third place, fantasy makeup: $3,000
  • Jessica Nichols, third place, special occasions make-up: $3,000
  • Trinity Young, third place, haircutting: $3,000

There were also several students who attended the Skills USA Regional Competition. Sierra Matheney received a medal in esthetics and fantasy makeup competition and advanced to the … Read More



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